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Re: Maple lost leaves in early August

Re : Maple lost leaves in early August -- Jeff McKay
Posted by Newt , Sep 21,2005,08:05    Top of Thread   Forum

Hi Jeff,

I don't usually say this, but it sounds like the tree needs to be removed. It has probably lost it's leaves from the stress of the lack of rain and the cutting of the roots. I don't know how much of the root system you cut, but the stress usually appears within 2 years from that. If the retaining wall is going to be as close as 6 feet from the tree, then the compaction of the soil as the workers go about removing and replacing and the previous stress will probably do the tree in. Even if that doesn't, it could take several years for the tree to recover. You don't say what type of maple or how old it is, but these trees will get large surface roots as they age. The roots WILL invade the new wall. If you want sites to back this up, just let me know and I'll be happy to supply them, you could do a search by clicking on 'Find' and search back for 90 days with the word - root.


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